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Cricket is not war

Sport is not war. Cricket is a game and should be treated as such. In football and hockey many times players get physical. Sometimes football players play karate or kick boxing for which they deserve red card. In cricket scope for getting physical is limited. Some people talk of cricket as of war. They talk of India-Pakistan match as mother of all battles or the biggest battle. That should be avoided.

In a tournament there is one final. There is no final before the final. Some people first talked of India-Australia quarter-final match as final before the final. After that they talked of India-Pakistan semi-final match as final before the final.

TV channels have responsibility about what they say. Applying words regarding war to sport is not proper. Jingoism is not good. In war people die. Cricket is not meant to kill or hurt though sometimes people get hurt.

Whether cricket diplomacy results in something good is debatable. Manmohan Singh inviting Asif Ali Zardari and Yousuf Raza Gilani resulted in freeing of an Indian prisoner in Pakistan. If cricket diplomacy is meant to keep the temperature down there is no harm in it.

People should not buy tickets in black. Matches can be watched on TV.

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